Ok so we’re all guilty of it. Old faithful Fido the family dog becomes your trusted online password for anything and everything. Whether it’s Facebook, Gmail or online banking, you figure that Fido will be just as effective in protecting you online as in your own backyard right? WRONG!
In the online world of identity theft, hacking and scamming, good old Fido just won’t make the cut. If your password is a bit “Simple Simon” then you’re making it easier for Simon the hacker to hack your sites… and really, it’s as simple as that. To protect your online world, you need to be a little more creative to ensure your passwords are secure. Here’s 10 tips to ensure you’re protected.
- Use different passwords for different sites
- Change your passwords regularly – at least every three months
- Include numbers and symbols in your password
- Use a mixture of upper and lower case letters
- Password length - use at least 8 characters
- Substitute letters for symbols like @ for ‘a’ or $ for ‘s’
- Use multiple words strung together separated by punctuation – also known as ‘passphrases’
- Never use common single words like dog, tree etc.
- Never use personal information such as your name or the name of your spouse
- Never share your passwords with anyone